Just weeks before it finalises its evaluation process for a new 24-hour black-owned news channel MultiChoice has been urged to make its short list public. In February, MultiChoice which owns DStv, called for interested parties to register their intention to bid for the channel. This was after DStv said it would not renew its contract with the controversial formerly Gupta-owned ANN7 (now Afro Worldview) when it expires in August 2018. Media Monitoring Africa director William Bird said it was important for MultiChoice to avoid having similar issues it had with ANN7. The channel was accused of shoddy journalism, bias and promoting a factional agenda. "They [MultiChoice] must make the short list public if they haven’t already done so and also core elements of the bid including shareholders and what they would bring. We understand not all of the bids can be public but in the interest of fairness and transparency it is critical that they do," said Bird. The prized contract — the first by ...

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